Goffstown Public Library's
Important Reminders

You will be required to wear a face covering while in the library building. Disposable masks are available in the lobby, along with hand sanitizer.

Foyer Browsing: Our foyer area is now open for browsing and check out of materials. You'll find a selection from all areas of the Library, mostly new materials, for kids, teens, and adults. Please call us at 497-2102 from the parking lot prior to entering, since we must limit the number of bodies in our space: one person or family unit at a time. You can still place requests remotely, and pick up contact-free, if you prefer.

Requests materials through our catalog at www.goffstownlibrary.com/search, email goflib@goffstownlibrary.com, chat www.goffstownlibrary.com, or by phone 497-2102.

We are no longer charging overdue fines on all items owned by our Library, as of June 17, 2020 -- please note that replacement and processing fees will still be charged for damaged items or items not returned 40 days past their due date.

Your returns are quarantined for 72 hours, and will not be checked in until after that quarantine period. When you check your account online at www.goffstownlibrary.com/account those materials will still appear in "Items Out" until they have been processed.

Computer Reservations: Call us at 497-2102 to make an appointment to use a computer. To keep Library staff and visitors safe, we are limiting the number of PCs in use, so your appointment length may be restricted.
September 1 - 4
Foyer Browsing & Parking Lot Pick-Up Hours:
  • Monday - Friday | 10am to 2pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday evenings | 5 to 7pm

Beginning September 8 - NEW
Foyer Browsing & Parking Lot Pick-Up Hours:
  • Monday, Thursday, Friday | 10am to 4pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday | 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday | 10am to 1pm

Staff can be reached at 603-497-2102
  • Monday, Thursday, Friday | 9am - 5pm
  • Tuesday & Wednesday | 9am - 8pm
  • Beginning 9/12: Saturdays | 9am-2pm
For up-to-date information and announcements, please visit www.goffstownlibrary.com.
We are monitoring available information and guidance on COVID-19. For the most up to date information please visit the Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Disease Control websites. For more resources and information: www.goffstownlibrary.com/covid-19.
Libraries are Wonderful!
Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card.

Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, educational apps, virtual homework help, to the expertise of librarians, a library card is one of the most cost-effective back to school supplies available. 

  • How much money can you save? Total your savings with the Library Value Calculator.
  • Need a library card? What about your friends or family members? Share the benefits of a library card with others and encourage them to sign up this month. It's easy to get a card - just stop by the Goffstown Public Library during open hours. You'll need to bring a current photo ID with Goffstown address, OR a photo ID and current mail to your Goffstown address. For detailed requirements please see the "Circulation Policy: At-a-Glance / Library Card Requirements."
Can We Talk About Race?
Courageous Community Conversations:
Can We Talk About Race?

In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, incidents in NH such as the arrest of Jean Ronald Saint Preux, and numerous slights in our own Greater Goffstown community have caused many of us to examine our beliefs about discrimination and racial justice. After having elected an African American as President, many people thought racism was behind us. Yet recent events seem to prove otherwise. Join us as we continue to explore these topics, facilitated by James McKim, Goffstown resident and President of the Manchester Branch of the NHNAACP.

These events will be held remotely via Zoom, for details and to register, visit http://bit.ly/CCCRace2020.

  • Institutional Racism - Tuesday 9/15 at 7pm - Panelists: Dr. Ande Diaz, Chief Diversity Officer, St. Anselm College; Brian Balke, SAU 19 Superintendent, and Chief Eric Sereno, Goffstown Police Department.

  • How to Be an Advocate - Tuesday 9/29 at 7pm

Registration is required, we will meet virtually and all registered participants will receive an email invitation with details on how to join the discussion.
Calendar Highlights
Closed for Labor Day
Monday, September 7

Don't forget! Many YouTube programs have a "premiere" time on the calendar. If you can't make it for the first showing, don't worry! It will remain on our channel for you to view at any time. Subscribe at www.youtube.com/goffstownlibrary and never miss a thing!

Saturdays at 1pm: Book Talk with Michelle on YouTube

Tuesday 9/8 at 6:30pm: Blank Page Writer's Group Join the meeting hosted by Sandra Bixler at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88029705139. Or connect with your Zoom app and meeting ID: 880 2970 5139

Wednesday 9/16 at 1:30pm: Afternoon Book Group Sold on A Monday by Kristina McMorris. Registration required

Tuesday 9/22 at 6:30pm: Knit & Crochet Club, Registration required

Subscribe to the Teen newsletter at www.goffstownlibrary.com/subscribe

Friday 9/11 at 1pm: Let's Create ~ Teen DIY on YouTube. Pick up your To-Go bag with supplies in the foyer beginning 9/4.

Thursday 9/17 at 1pm: Book Browsing with Stacey on YouTube.

Friday 9/25 at 1pm: Essential Teen Life Skills on YouTube.

These events will be held via our secure and interactive Webex* platform. A secure Webex link will be emailed to all registered participants prior to story time.

Preschool Story Time - for 2 1/2 year olds through kindergarten.
Tuesdays, beginning October 6 at 9:30am. Registration is required
Fridays, beginning October 9 at 9:30am. Registration is required
Fridays, beginning October 9 at 1pm. Registration is required

Movers and Groovers - for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 year olds.
Thursdays, beginning October 8 at 9:30am. Registration is required

*Webex is a secure way to have a virtual video conference, and it's easy to use on a computer or mobile device. If you'd like to see step-by-step instructions, please visit https://help.webex.com/en-us/nrbgeodb/Join-a-Webex-Meeting. You'll find links to help screens and frequently asked questions there.
Borrow Read Repeat
Book Bundles Are Back!

We've missed you and know many of you have missed browsing through the stacks. Call us at 497-2102 and speak to one of our staff members who will gather a bundle for pick-up. If Book Bundles are new to you, they are 5 teen or adult books or 10 children’s books selected by our awesome staff members for your use at home. These are great surprises and helps get materials into the hands of readers while the stacks are closed to browsers.
hoopla Book Club
Through September 30

"A gorgeous fable about Earth's last two human inhabitants and a girl's journey home."

The Bear by Andrew Krivak is available instantly, in e-book and e-audio formats in your hoopla app, or at www.hoopladigital.com. No holds, no waiting! You can read this title on a mobile device or computer.
Libraries Transform Book Pick
September 14 - 28

"An incredible journey, spanning decades and oceans from Trinidad to the American West during the tumultuous days of warring colonial powers and westward expansion."

Book of the Little Axe by Lauren Francis-Sharma will be available instantly, in e-book format in the Libby app. No holds, no waiting!
Featured Resource
Homework Help 24/7

Do your students need help after-hours with school reports, research assignments, or projects? Help is at your fingertips with Explora, in our e-library, FREE to use 24/7 with your library card.

Search, browse, read, and learn with Explora - visit goffstownlibrary.com/elibrary and try
out Explora in the Education section.
In the Community
Voting 2020

➣ State Primary is September 8
➣ General Election is November 3

For information about voting in Goffstown, or about absentee voting:

For 2020, Voting by Absentee is Allowed
New rules from the NH Secretary of State and NH Attorney General's office allow any NH voter concerned with COVID-19 to check a "COVID-19" box to apply for an absentee ballot for the 2020 elections.
Goffstown Parks and Places map
Parks and Places

Go on an adventure this summer -- around town! Check out the Parks and Recreation spots with this simple and fun activity to help you familiarize yourself with the different facilities and what they offer. For the complete map, and to learn more, please visit https://www.goffstown.com/dept/pr/parks-and-recreation-programs/parks-and-recreation-summer-2020-activities/1431-parks-and-places.
U.S. Census 2020

The Census takes place every 10 years, and ...

  • It's quick and easy. The 2020 Census questionnaire will take about 10 minutes to complete.
  • It's safe, secure, and confidential. Your information and privacy are protected.
  • Your response helps to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services.
  • Results from the 2020 Census will be used to determine the number of seats each state has in Congress and your political representation at all levels of government.
  • Census takers will be following up in person with homes that have not responded to the 2020 Census.

Visit https://my2020census.gov/ and get started.

As of September 1, the self-response rate for Goffstown was 77.6%. Good job, let’s get to 100%!
Need a ride? Let MTA pick you up!
Call 603-623-8801 (option "2") for free transportation options.

Manchester Transit Authority provides on-demand service now available Monday through Friday, 9am to 2pm. Make a reservation directly with Manchester Transit Authority as early as 1 week prior, and at least 24 hours in advance.

Service will be provided on a first come first serve basis and will be available "curb to curb" from any location in the Town of Goffstown to any other location in the Town of Goffstown or any medical facility in the City of Manchester or Town of Bedford.

What's Your Superhero Pose?
#LibraryCardHero Social Media Promotion

Having a library card makes you feel like a superhero with all the amazing things it gives you access to, including technology, media resources, and educational programs. This Library Card Sign-up Month, strike your best superhero pose with your library card and post to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #LibraryCardHero. One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card from ilovelibraries.org.

Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook Page.

The promotion begins Tuesday, September 1, at noon CT and ends Tuesday, September 22, at noon CT. All librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate.

This promotion is not affiliated with the Goffstown Public Library. Please tag us in your entries, or use #goffstownlibrary, so we can see your submissions, too!
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